Thursday, July 29, 2010

Three Tiers Of Yummi-ness and Other Goodwill Finds

Or trays on a stick as my fifteen year old son called it.

I found this three tiered server at Goodwill for four dollars.

Not too pretty.

But of course, white paint fixes everything.

My parents were arriving from out of town, so dessert and coffee were in order.  I thought it would be fun to show off my new tablecloth, too.  It was from the antique mall.  Nine dollars -  not bad.  I just can't pass up roses.

I filled my new treasure with treats.

Sugar cookies...

Mini cupcakes...

And chocolate.

I also found six of these cups and saucers at Goodwill - .50 each.

And these pretty plates for a dollar each.

Hmmm, I think I need a snack.


Parties to visit:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What are you going to do with that?

That's the question my husband always asks and the one that I had to ask myself when I saw this.

If I can't answer that question I usually don't buy something, and I often regret it later. Well, I just loved the details on this.

And it was only eight dollars, so I bought it.  I tried to hurry up with an idea for it before my husband asked "the question".  I knew it would be great to hold ribbons, etc. in a work room, but I don't have a work room.  And I almost put it on the kitchen counter to hold parchment paper.

Ultimately, I decided to put it on my kitchen desk to hold miscellaneous strings and such. 

And just for fun, I tied on a tea cup to hold push pins for the bulletin board.

And when my husband came home, he didn't ask "the question".  He said, "I like that thing over there, whatever it is."  

By the way.  Do you know what it is?


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Two Lamps Revamped

Monogrammed Lampshade

Is it just me or do projects just "happen"?

I've been wanting to redo this lamp as part of my kitchen desk makeover.  I had the idea to do the monogrammed shade, but was waiting to find a shade to cover.

I finally found a cheap-y shade at Goodwill that I thought would work.

I used osnaburg fabric.  I srarted with the natural color and tea stained it.

I cut a peice of paper for a pattern of one shade section.  I cut out six, and sewed them together.  I added a ruffle on the top and bottom.

To make the monogram, I printed a "J", cut it out, and traced around it with a mark be gone marker.  It washes right out when your done. 

I embroidered the "J".  You could also stencil it.

Here's lamp revamp #1.  I spray painted it with American heirloom white and glazed it with Ralph Lauren Smoke.  What happened to the monogrammed shade you might ask?  Well, after I painted the lamp, the new shade did not look good with it at all.  I could have repainted the lamp, but the white looked good with everything else.  So I made another shade slipcover out of the red check.  I added a linen tie because I really wanted to bring that look over to the desk.

Well...of course I had to do something with the first shade.  I really liked it.  So 45 minutes before the thrift store closed, I ran out to try and find a lamp.  This was my two dollar find.  It was a bright royal blue.  I sprayed it with Krylon's oil rubbed bronze from Wal Mart and brushed on a gold metallic (Dazzling Metallics in espresso from Hobby lobby). 

The finish really did turn out nice.

And this is lamp revamp #2.  So even though I never planned to do the second lamp project, it "happened" anyway.


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Screen Door

On the wall no more.

This is the entry from my front door to my dining room now.

This was the entry before.

I had this old screen door hanging in my hallway.

I took it down, cut a little off the bottom so it would fit in the dining room opening, and painted it white. To attach, I just screwed the hinge into the wall.

And then, because it perfectly framed the shelf in the background, I had to finally get that decorated.

I hung a painting that had previously  been in my bedroom,  added a couple of floral plates, and finished with some books and a (I'm not sure what to call it) basket.

And then, of course, the table in front of the door needed to be freshened.

A bucket of dried roses.

A bowl for keys or mail.

And for a summertime feel, I tucked a croquet set under the table.

Placing the balls in a wooden bowl.

And once again, one project turned into three.  And that's why there will always be "one more project".


Linking up to:

CSI Challenge
Table Top Tuesday
White Wednesday
Transformation Thursday

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Resale Love

Style For A Song

I found  two suitcases at a local resale shop for five dollars (yes, for both) . 

I also found two platters the same day.

The large platter was five dollars and the smaller one was four dollars.

These platters are large. The larger one is huge and the smaller one is big.  And the patina is awesome.

I added a couple of suitcases I already had, stacked them up, and put the largest platter on top.

They are tucked in a corner in the great room.

What is it about vintage suitcases that is so romantic?

And don't ya just love it when two finds work together?  And don't ya just love when you end up with a new table, shelf, or platter that needs to be filled?  I'm not sure how I'm going to finish the platter, but for now I have a photo of my Grandmother and a couple of pitchers.


I love parties, so here's the list:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The house In The Roses
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Old Drawer

I'm going to a theme party!  Donna at Funky Junk Interiors is hosting her Saturday Nite Special Party.  This week's theme is "drawers".  I'm going to re-post some pictures for the party.

I found this old drawer for five dollars.

It is sitting on a vintage tea cart in my dining room for plate storage, but I really put it there just because I love its chippy-ness.

Well that's it.  The only drawer I have (that I'm using decoratively that is) .   I hope you stop by the party and see the other guest's ideas.